SALTbody: gallery dinner, symposium and exhibition viewing

This exhibition will explore a curiosity between the body, salt, salinity, and place. The politics of the body, and the politics of place, particularly natural environments. The body and salt share an intricate relationship.

For this special project, the exhibition opening will be a salt-themed gallery dinner, with public symposium.

Salt is most often seen in its ubiquitous white granule form, and this exhibition and launch event asks us to think a little deeper on the power, potency and politicisation of ‘the only rock we eat’.

Exhibition features contemporary dance video, installation, photography and live art.

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Saturday 7 September

Soft launch of exhibition, your first chance to see SALTbody!
There will also be a live dance performance in the gallery
(the 5pm launch is free, and can be seen without staying on for the rest of the ticketed event)

Spectres of place: SALT symposium, curated by Justine Walsh. A community symposium on salt. Using a panel discussion format to interrogate people, place & practice.

Gallery based Salt dinner. Menu and foods by Verdict pop up catering, with accompanying wine by our legend friends Chalmers Wines Australia
The dinner will include a night time viewing of SALTbody (prime viewing time, giving the outside darkness), and live art experiences throughout the dinner

Sunday 8 September

Lick this Space a movement / body weather workshop on the Lake Crosbie Pink Salt Flats.
Body Weather was developed by butoh dancer Min Tanaka as a training and a way of questioning. This workshop uses Body Weather strategies to sharpen awareness of our body and how it is changed by, and intermingled with, its environment. We will bring our senses into direct contact with the salt surface and the surroundings of the Pink Lakes – inviting this desolate and delicate environment to dance us.
Open to artists curious to explore the relationship between body, movement and place.
Free to participate, please RSVP via this page.

As part of SALTbody – a project by Arts Mildura
This project is supported by Regional Arts Victoria, through the Regional Arts Fund.

Image credit: Vanessa White



Arts Mildura is proud to announce our next major exhibition: SALTbody.

Salt is most often seen in its ubiquitous white granule form, but this exhibition asks us to think a little deeper on the power, potency and politicisation of ‘the only rock we eat’. Beyond table salt, what other role does this substance play in our lives?
Taking a post-colonial viewpoint, the exhibition uncovers many striking images and ideas that connect us to salt.

The exhibition brings together a national cohort of significant artists, to create and present work throughout September and October.

Artists include some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and performance makers including Jill Orr, Gretel Taylor, Vanessa White, Keg de Souza and Lesley Dickman.

The exhibition features dance video, photography, installation and visual art. Highlights of the exhibition include:

– Vanessa’s White’s dance video (pictured above) features a lone dancer exploring the incredible Lake Tyrell Salt Flats
– Gretel Taylor’s contemporary work ‘scourge’ responds to issues of salinity and post-colonial land management around the Mallee
– Lesley Dickman’s Salt City features an entire scale model of an urbanised cityscape, created by growing salt crystals

The community have many opportunities to engage with this innovative exhibition, including a range of public programs:

Exhibition soft launch, including speciallive performance – Sat 7th September, 5pm.
Spectres of Place: Community Salt Symposium – Sat 7th September, 6pm. (see:
Salt themed Gallery dinner, with food by Verdict Catering – Sat 7th September, 7pm. (see:
Movement and Body Weather workshop by Peter Fraser – Sun 8th September, 11am. (see:
Contemporary video art workshop by Vanessa White – Sun 8th September, 11am(see:

Tickets for the symposium and dinner can be found via the facebook link above, and all other elements of the project are free to attend.

In reflecting on the exhibition, Arts Mildura’s General Manager Gareth Hart says:

“The body and salt share an intricate relationship, and this exhibition is a reflection of the body and landscape, with direct reference to this place (Mildura and surrounds).

From a political perspective, salt has many readings, being a western and eastern trade resource over time, arriving in Australia by boat across vast amounts of saltwater, medicinal practices using salt, and how the body sweats salt as a response to tending to working the land.  And as such, we are interested to bring attention to reflections on colonisation through the exhibition (but then again, isn’t all the work we make post-colonial….).

The artists involved in the exhibition represent very rigorous and exciting trends in contemporary practice, and I am thrilled to have curated these artists in SALTbody.

I hope the community will come along to the exhibition and engage in thinking about how salt plays a role in our lives, our politics and our place.”


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